Senate: (Senate Chairman declares LG polls in fed govt without legal cover as inappropriate)


ISLAMABAD: In a ruling on Islamabad capital territory local government bill, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday declared that local government elections in the federal government without legal cover will be inappropriate.

He pointed out that an order of the Supreme Court passed in March last being relied upon in this regard. The Chairman held that no one working under the Constitution can rely on a legislative proposal pending approval by the parliament.

Earlier, Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq, Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan and several other members said no law existed to govern local government elections in Islamabad.

They said National Assembly has passed a bill in this regard but the Senate Standing Committee has suggested several fundamental amendments to the bill.

Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said ten initiatives are being undertaken to prevent spread of Hepatitis.

She said some foreign experts have offered to train Pakistani doctors for Liver Transplant. Earlier, speakers representing different parties called for setting up of a Task Force on Hepatitis, provision of clean drinking water, introduction of mobile screening labs and launching of awareness campaign against Hepatitis.

Winding up debate on a separate motion on the low water level in Balochistan, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said the federal government is ready to offer every possible assistance in implementing water conservation projects.

The motion was moved by Mir Kabir Ahmad Mohammad Shahi.The Minister of State said contract has been awarded for Naulong Dam which would help irrigate hundreds of thousands of acres of land. He said main issue in Balochistan is illegal tube wells connections which has surged to 18,000. The House will now meet today (Tuesday).